Sunday, August 25, 2013

Stamp-a-faire 2013 Post 3: Tea Staining Techniques

This is my third challenge for Stamp-a-Faire, and probably the last I'll have time to post.
This one involves using household supplies to stain paper, fabric or trim. Suggested household products were coffee, tea and unsweetened Kool-aid. I went to my cupboard and found a very old box of food-coloring that hasn't seen the light of day in years. On the box are the instructions for using food-coloring to dye Easter eggs - so I followed these instructions to make up my dies. 
I am very pleased with how this turned out. I was tempted to stamp a little detail on the leaves, but in the end decided to leave them plain so they didn't detract from the focal point.  
Stamps: Fillable Frames #3
Dies: Bloom Builders #3, Fillable Frames #3, Turning a New Leaf, Twist
Card stock: PTI Harves gold, Shimmer cream
Watercolor Paper: Cold press by Canson

Stamp-a-Faire 2013 Post #2 - Rolled Dough

My second card was so much fun! That is once I got my dough to dry so I could work with it. 
I worked with two types of dough, the original PaperClay and the Delight version. I actually preferred working with the original PaperClay though it did take it much longer to dry. (I helped it along with a 30 min stint in a 250 degree oven.) I could have stopped right here and worked with Paperclay all day, but made myself move on to some of the other challenges. 
 Oh and I got to use my new Delicata Golden Glitz ink - oh my, what a pretty, glittery gold that ink is! I will definitely be reproducing this card for some of my holiday cards this year.

Creative PaperClay
PTI Cardstock
Ink: PTI and Tsukineko
Stamps & Dies: Holly and Mistletoe
Red Stickles glitter glue

PTI Stamp-a-Faire 2013 Post 1 Bake and Take

Oh my goodness, I have been so looking forward to participating in this year's PTI Stamp-a-Faire! So much so that I've had it marked on the calendar since it was announced in February and delayed a family camping trip by a couple days so I could participate. I didn't get to complete all the challenges, (we have to leave today) but will have more to look forward to when we get home.

Whipping up recipes using paper and ink is this year's theme.  My challenge was a Bake and Take in which several color schemes and designs were provided from which to choose. This is the color scheme and design I chose and the card I made:

My Recipe: 
Stamps: Tag It's #1, Mega Mixed Messages
Paper: All PTI, DP: Green Boutique
Fresh Snow Ink and detail white embossing powder
Dies: Polka Dot embossing plate, Limitless Layers Circles
Pearls: Kaisercraft

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Sea Shimmer

After coming to terms with a tragedy in our family over the past couple of weeks, and then oral surgery yesterday, I feel some of my mojo returning. I have several birthday cards to get done for August, and as most of them are family members, a card from my stash just won't do!

A few months ago I purchased a sampler pack of Papertrey's Shimmer card stock but until today, I had not opened it. Oh my goodness, what delights awaited me! I chose to use the one sheet of Sea Shimmer for a couple of cards right off the bat. It is simply scrumptious!  It is impossible to capture the shimmer in online photos, but here is one of two cards I created:

I love this color combo for summer - it feels very refreshing, like a cool breeze on a warm summer day.
In addition to the Sea Shimmer card stock, I also used white shimmer for the large leaf border die cut. The added butterflies are embossed with an iridescent Peacock embossing powder, which also displays a beautiful shimmer in the light. Unfortunately, my photos just can't capture the beauty of all this shimmer.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: PTI Summer Hills, Inside & Out Birthday 2
Dies: Memory Box
Ink, white detail embossing powder, card stock: PTI
Peacock embossing powder: Embossing Arts (now defunct)
Border punch: Stampin Up
Pink Bling: Kaiser Kraft